Use Existing Buildings Before Building New Ones, Part 2

Why was a new professional building built at 1325 Clarence St. South, in Brantford, Ontario

 

when there exists an abandoned building directly across the street at Erie Ave. and Clarence St. South?

 

The Official Plan of a city must ensure explicitly that existing vacant buildings are used or torn down before new buildings are constructed.  Existing buildings should also be labeled appropriately, such as vacant, abandoned or derelict.  The use of coloured coded buzzwords, e.g., greyfields, look nice in a report, but anesthetize the problem instead of solving it.  When everyone understands what the existing properties are and priority is given to the use of existing properties, solutions will emerge.

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